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The News Minute | October 4, 2014 | 10.15 am IST Kerala government has decided to set up a large-scale dairy farm on similar lines as is there in Gujarat. Kerala government will set up a dairy farm similar to that of Anand, Gujarat said the minister for agriculture K.P. Mohanan, East Coast Daily reported. He made this announcement during his speech after inaugurating a new building in the Taikkattussery veterinary hospital in Alappuzha. The state needs to be self-sufficient in milk production, the minister said. The state, currently, has a deficit of 2.54 lakh litres of milk per day which it imports from the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The minister also said that the union government has promised to extend help to the state government in setting up the farm. The government has also introduced a new scheme Govardhini under which 100 calves will be distributed in every panchayat. This year alone 1 lakh calves will be distributed, the minister said. Steps will also be taken to produce more value added dairy products so as to increase the revenue, he said. Along with this the minister also said that he aims to make farming in Kerala completely organic by 2016.

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